8 hospitals in Cebu Province can perform basic surgeries after status upgrade

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


EIGHT hospitals in Cebu Province can now perform surgical operations after these passed the Department of Health (DOH) requirements to be upgraded to Level 1.

The DOH 7 licensing office confirmed the accreditation status of the provincial hospitals in the cities of Bogo, Danao and Carcar and the district hospitals in Tuburan, Argao, Barili, Badian and San Francisco in Camotes Island.

Gov. Hilario Davide III said these health facilities will offer caesarian operations and appendectomies, among others, and laboratory examinations like ultrasound and ECG.

This will benefit patients, especially indigents, who cannot afford to go to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City, he said.

Consultancy contracts

The governor said he has also signed 20 consultancy contracts of medical specialists, including medical technicians and nurses.

Earlier, the Provincial Board (PB) approved a resolution allowing Davide to sign consultancy contracts of specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, internal medicine and general surgeons.

Under Republic Act 4226, also known as the Hospital License Act, and DOH Administrative Order 2012-0012, Level 1 hospitals are required to have medical specialists.

Davide said the upgraded district hospitals have X-ray machines and other equipment, while all eight hospitals already have operating rooms and operating tables.

The Capitol, though, still has to acquire more equipment like dialysis machines for these facilities, he said.

Aim

In a press statement, Provincial Health Officer Cynthia Genosolango said the goal of the upgrading is to deliver basic and specialized services throughout the province and to decongest the VSMMC.

“We can deliver more. We can accept and treat a good number of patients because we now have technical capability with our consultants in place. The rest of the needed equipment will follow,” Genosolango said.

These much needed equipment may come in the form of donations from abroad.

Just recently, the PB authorized Davide to sign in behalf of the Province a deed of donation of various hospital equipment and supplies from the United Kingdom and the US to the Balamban Provincial Hospital.

“That the donor (Destiny Medical Fund) has in its possession various medical equipment and supplies which are a combination of used and new items that they have received from charitable donations through the effort and benevolence of Together against Cancer UK, in coordination with The 3000 Club of Phoenix, Arizona, USA,” read the deed of donation.

Donated items

The donated medical supplies include two boxes of general medical supplies, a box of wound care supplies, two boxes of non-woven face mask ear loop type, a box of safety syringe with a fix needle, two boxes of 3MN95 face mask and three boxes 3M face mask.

It was agreed that the hospital will distribute the donated items for free to qualified beneficiaries.

The Balamban Provincial Hospital is the 13th provincial hospital to receive a donation from Destiny Medical Fund.

PB Member Raul Alcoseba authored the resolution, which was approved.

The Destiny Medical Fund has invited other provincial and district hospitals to visit its warehouse on Hernan Cortes St. in Mandaue City and pick medical supplies they might need.

The group has been donating medical supplies and equipment since the administration of former governor Gwendolyn Garcia.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 24, 2014.

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